Bluebird eggs destroyed by wren?

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    NanceOC
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    Today I found all 5 of my bluebird eggs destroyed and on the ground. The mother had been sitting on them. In 6 years this has never happened. Should I assume it was a wren? Should I remove the nest and hope they start over nesting?

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    tamsea
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    It could be a house sparrow or a wren. You can leave the nest or remove it. I tend to remove the nests but maybe she would start quickly laying again if you left it. It’s harped to know. I’m so sorry. I know it’s heart breaking. You really need to figure out who the culprit is to try to avoid this in the future. Do you have house wrens around?

    Tammy

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    NanceOC
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    Hi, I have not seen any wrens or sparrows in the area. I do have 2 tree swallows but they seem to get along fine with the bluebirds. I have removed the nest and have two boxes. The bluebirds look like they may be interested in nesting in the other box…I am keeping my fingers crossed.

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    dogsandbirds
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    I am thinking HOWR in this case. A HOSP would be singing like crazy on top of that box is what I’m thinking. What I would do is give them a wren guard next time. HOWR are sneaky.

    Gin
    Atlanta, GA

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    tamsea
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    Up here weens haven’t started nests. Where are you?

    Tammy

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    NanceOC
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    I am on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The good news is that the bluebirds are busy building a nest in my other house. I will try to keep HOWR and HOSP away.

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    Love my blues!
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    May want to put up a wren guard & a sparrow spooker once you get an egg. So glad they’ve chosen your other house. Best of luck!

    Nicole

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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    Well, the wrens are here in Missouri – DH saw one and I then heard one this past week. I put up the wren guard the very next day after the spooker went up after the 2nd egg. Now 5 eggs are being incubated. It’s amazing how that mama bird just swoops under the guard & into the box – she knows the life of those future baby birds is in her “hands”. It was a little awkward for her the 1st time but soon was very graceful about it. Keeping fingers & toes crossed until hatch day!! Hope everyone has a good season – isn’t this fun (and maybe a little stressful)!!!

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